UPDATE 30 July: Signing and room assignments added
Here’s my schedule for the 2nd Nine Worlds Geekfest Convention, now (gasp!) only a
month few days away:
Friday 8 August 15:15 – 16:30, County C&D
Superheroes and Superhuman: exploding the myth of the superwhathaveyou
Superheroes are everywhere these days, from comic books to literary novels to the Disney Store. How is society exploring what ‘super’ means, and how does that change depending on the suffix attached?
Nick Harkaway, Jenni Hill, Taran Matharu, Barry Nugent, Stephanie Saulter
Friday 8 August 22:15 – 23:30, Royal B
New Voices: Welcome to the class of 2014!
The evening showcase of new writers – one of last year’s most popular events – returns! Bring your drinks, bring your friends: this is your chance to find your next literary addiction. Fun and fast, New Voices is an opportunity for debut writers – if you know someone who would fit the bill, head over to Twitter and nominate them at @booksnineworlds.
MC: Stephanie Saulter
Saturday 9 August 11:45 – 13:00, Connaught B
Writing The Other – A workshop for writers
How do you write ‘the Other’ without falling into common traps, harmful tropes, and clichés? Back by popular demand after last year’s successful event, we will be exploring these issues in a writers’ workshop, with exercises, discussion and a Q&A.
Facilitator: Stephanie Saulter
Saturday 9 August 22:15 – 23:30, Royal B
New Voices: the class of 2014 continues!
More fun and fast-paced readings from the best new writers.
MC: Stephanie Saulter
Sunday 10 August 11:45 – 13:00, Connaught B
Reading SF While Brown – Views on speculative fiction
For many of us, reading science fiction and fantasy was a formative experience — one that introduced new ideas, and shaped what we knew or hoped to be possible. But what imaginative leaps does a reader have to make to buy into worlds that don’t include anyone who looks or talks like them? And what impact does making that imaginative leap, time and again, ultimately have? Genre writers and readers talk about their experiences of reading SF while brown.
Camille Lofters, Taran Matharu, Rochita Loenen Ruiz, Stephanie Saulter (moderator), Aishwarya Subramanian
Sunday 10 August 13:30 – 14:45, County C&D
X-Punk: punk as suffix, genre and state of mind
Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Grimpunk, Sandalpunk, Godpunk, Pinkpunk, Punkpunk… what’s nextpunk? Our panelists consider the next big thing – and the perils of the X-Punk genre lifestyle.
Djibril al-Ayad, Kim Curran, Mathew Pocock, Stephanie Saulter, M. Suddain
Sunday 10 August 14:45 – 15:45, Commonwealth West
Signing @ Forbidden Planet table
Gail Carriger, Stephanie Saulter, M. Suddain
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